HAWTHORNE: And now a feel good story left over from the holidays: SWA Group and more than 70 volunteers (*with the help of the Environmental Charter High School, the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, Friends y Amigos of the Dominguez Watershed, From Lot to Spot, and SWA Group's Patrick T. Curran Initiative) helped clean up the Dominguez Creek corridor in December, planting 21 new trees and more than 600 shrubs and groundcover plants. Before the planting, the LA County Flood Control District installed new irrigation, fencing, gates, signage, and granite benches, and resurfaced the bike path. The project was part of the Dominguez Hills Enhancement and Engagement Project, whose goal is to "revitalize 20,000 square feet along the Dominguez Creek with native plants and trees, benches, a bike trail, interpretive signage and a community mural. Prior to improvements, the area had uneven pavement, graffiti, and was a place characterized as undesirable, unsafe and unusable," according to a press release. [Curbed Inbox]
DOWNTOWN: The Grand Avenue megaproject may not be back with a full vengeance, but it's back with at least some payback--developer Related Cos.' first building, an apartment tower, officially breaks ground January 10 and neighboring The Broad art museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will top out this Tuesday, January 8. A crane will place the ceremonial final beam at 10 am. Philanthropist Eli Broad's baby is set to open in early 2014.